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EU Electoral Follow-Up Mission Concludes Visit To Zambia

June 14, 2019 - The Electoral Follow-Up Mission of the European Union has concluded its visit to Zambia. The EFM was led by Cecile Kyenge, Member of the European Parliament, supported by two electoral experts and two EU officials.

Mrs. Kyenge served as the Chief Observer of the EU Electoral Observation Mission to Zambia in 2016, which was established following an invitation from the Government of Zambia.

The mandate of the Mission was to observe independently all aspects of the electoral process and to offer an impartial, balanced and informed recommendations based on the Zambian law, as well as regional and international standards for elections.

The principal objective of the 2019 EFM to Zambia was to assess the continuous relevance and status of implementation of EU EOM recommendations.

During her stay in Zambia, from 9th to 14th June 2019, Mrs. Kyenge, met and exchanged with a wide range of national stakeholders.

Mrs. Kyenge set out her preliminary findings in Lusaka this morning, following a technical round table discussion where she expressed her appreciation for the availability and openness of all the people she met, which testifies to the timeliness of the mission.

She welcomed the continued commitment of Zambian stakeholders to the implementation of the recommendations of the EU EOM Report on the 2016 Elections.

She reiterated the Mission’s readiness to accompany Zambia to ensure the achievement of inclusive, credible and transparent elections and a further deepening of democracy.

EU EOM Chief Observer – Cecile Kashetu Kyenge sitted on the far left.
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EU Delegation Confers With The Commission

A delegation from the European Union (EU) yesterday had a high level meeting with the Commission to follow up on the level of implementation of recommendations regarding the 2016 General Elections.

The delegation was led by Honourable Cecile Kyenge, Member of the EU Parliament, who was the Chief Observer of the EU Electoral Observer Mission during the last General Elections.

With the view of compiling their Follow-Up Report, the delegation also met with a wide range of stakeholders that included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Minister of Home Affairs as well as political parties and civil society organisations.

This morning the delegation held a Round Table Meeting with various stakeholders to gather more information to finalise their report.
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An electoral system is a set of rules on how votes are converted into seats for political or civic authority. 
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